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Cytokine Storms, Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience, The 4: Post Corona

Plus twitter highlights…

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1. He ran marathons and was fit. So why did Covid-19 almost kill him?— STAT News

One of the frightening aspects of Covid-19 has been its serious and sometimes deadly impact on relatively young and otherwise healthy individuals.

A potential reason? Cytokine Storms:

One answer is what was happening to Fiske. His body had begun to fight the coronavirus with the immune system’s equivalent of thermonuclear weapons — proteins so powerful they risk annihilating the body they are supposed to protect. This massive over-reaction, known as a cytokine storm, is believed to be a major reason that a growing number of exceedingly fit people find themselves fighting for their lives.

This article in Stat News, by Gabrielle Glaser, profiles an otherwise health, 47-year-old marathon runner from New Jersey who very nearly died after contracting the virus — thankfully he did not but this piece does a good job of highlighting just how many variables and unknowns our health care workers are dealing with right now.

2. The Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience — Alex Tabarrok, MR

It’s the most detailed plan I have yet seen on how to ramp up testing and combine with contract tracing and supported isolation to beat the virus.

Alex Tabarrok is a co-author, with a team of others led by Danielle Allen and Glen Weyl at the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard, on a Roadmap To Pandemic Resilience (click the link for the full 56-page document).

3. Post Corona: The Four — Scott Galloway

The Four — Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google — are an invasive species that, over the last decade, have compromised the immunities of the retail and media sectors. Spend has rushed toward digital, where apex predators take 1 of 3 e-commerce dollars (Amazon) and 2 of 3 digital marketing dollars (Google/Facebook). Covid-19 is just finishing the job that the search and social firms started.

Scott Galloway, as he so often does, writes very eloquently and insightfully (for a layman like me anyway) about “the four,” aka Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google.

The question we, and our elected officials, will face post corona is: Are big tech firms run by good people who have demonstrated admirable citizenship, or are they a threat to the ecosystem and should be broken up? The answer is yes.

4. Twitter highlights…

As always, thanks for reading. Please stay safe, stay inside, follow the guidelines, and wear a mask if you can.

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